Cladding wood

Especially with old plank flooring joints are often present between the planks. If you want to close the slots, you can work with narrower joint widths with a finished sealant or your own filler. For wider joints, the effort to use wooden strips worthwhile, with each filling must be elastic.

Elasticity required

Unlike stone and ceramic tiles, the wood of planks, even when very old, must be considered a living material. Usual grout such as silicone or acrylic are not suitable for a wooden floor to fill joints.

Basically, there are two ways to fill the joints of planks. Special finished products and glue-wood flour mixtures as fillable filler are possible, but have a limited shelf life of up to ten years. The most durable, but also technically elaborate, type of jointing is the insertion of wooden strips that have to be individually adapted to each joint.

To fill joints with putty

  • Wood putty or glue
  • Fine grinding flour
  • Elastic pseudo-acrylic
  • spatula
  • joint iron
  • vacuum cleaner
  • dust brush
  • cartridge

1. Clean

Remove all residues of old joint fillings. Ensure that there is no dust through a vacuum cleaner and / or dust brush.

2.Plate boards

In accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, inject the grouting compound into the joints so that it is approximately one to two millimeters above the floor level.

3. Mix the joint filler

If you would like to put together your own joint filler, mix wood putty or glue with fine groundwood in the ratio of one to two.

3. Regrind or cut

When the grout has dried, sand or cut off the overhanging seam and seal.

How to fill joints with wooden strips

  • wood slats
  • wood glue
  • abrasive
  • Electrical plane
  • grinding machine
  • Dremel

1. Prepare

Grind the joints with a Dremel so that a rectangular channel is created.

2. Prepare strips

Cut several strips in the size of the largest or widest joint

3. Fit strips

Distribute the wood glue evenly in the joint, so that no glue passes upwards when pressing the strip. The bar should survive 0.1 to millimeters. Use a file, a rasp or a planer to trim the strip of strip of the respective joint.

4. regrinding

Sand the overhanging ends of the inserted wooden strips to the floor level and seal.

Tips & Tricks

You will find good joint filling products in specialist shops for boat and yachting needs.

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